Souad Massi

Souad Massi

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Souad Massi (), born August 23, 1972, is an Algerian singer, songwriter and guitarist. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor, before leaving the country following a series of death threats. In 1999, Massi performed at the Femmes d'Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records.

Massi's music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, displays Western musical style influences such as rock, country or the Portuguese fado but sometimes incorporates oriental musical influences and oriental instruments like the oud as well as African musical stylings. Massi sings in Algerian Arabic, French, and occasionally English and Kabyle (Berber language), often employing multiple languages in the same song.

Childhood and early bands

Massi was born in Algiers, Algeria to a poor family of seven children.. Allmusic. Retrieved January 1, 2007. Growing up, she immersed herself in American country and roots music – musical styles that would later strongly influence her songwriting.. BBC News. Retrieved January 1, 2007. At the age of seventeen, she joined a flamenco band, but quickly grew bored with the group and left.

In the early 1990s, Massi joined the Algerian political rock band Atakor, who were...
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